Topic: 2.3 Inland Waterways

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Cost Functions for Inland Waterways transport in the United States

American inland waterway transport is subject to a complicated system of control by government agencies, which require knowledge of costs. Inland waterway costs have fallen slightly, and a large share of the market has come into the hands of a small number of firms. The authors find increasing returns to scale for size of firm and output.

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An Analysis of Towboat Delays

Calculations are given for delays due to lock service, to making and breaking tows, and to other causes. Prediction of delays is useful in determining whether a lock should be expanded as well as in estimating the cost of moving cargo.

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